Fortuna blindfolded causes happiness and misfortune to fall from the tree of life
Jean Boulanger; Ottaviano Viviani
The theme of Fortune, understood in the Latin as "fate", the results of which are always unpredictable, enjoyed incredible popularity in the visual arts of the seventeenth century. The fresco painted in 1640 by Jean Boulanger (1606-1660), main artifex of the wall decorations of the dukes' summer residence in Sassuolo, in the environment known as the Sala della Fortuna, is a warning not to underestimate the inconstancy of Fortune. A warning that had to echo even in a place dedicated to idleness such as the summer delight of Sassuolo, which by definition represented a refuge from the rigor of the court, center of power and fulcrum of the political life of the Duchy.